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Rasam With Healing Properties
Moong dal rasam, or split mung bean soup, has healing properties. Prepared with turmeric, ginger, and green chilies, this soup is a comforting choice when you can't taste anything due to the symptoms of cold or fever. It also relieves sore throat and stimulates appetite.
Moong dal is a good source of protein. Unlike other lentils, it is light on the stomach as it contains fewer carbohydrates. Also, it keeps the digestive system cool. Hence, it is beneficial to include more mung beans in your diet.
South Indians make this dish in many ways by using different combinations of ingredients. When served with steamed rice and a vegetable side dish, it makes for a delicious meal.
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Serves 4 people
- 1 big split mung beans (moong dal)
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 2 green chilies, slit
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Pinch jaggery powder (optional)
- 1 inch ginger, mashed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 sprig curry leaves, for the seasoning
- 3 garlic cloves (optional, for the seasoning)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper powder, for the seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, for the seasoning
- 2 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil, for the seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon asafetida (hing) powder
- Salt to taste
- Wash moong dal (split mung beans). Add them to a pressure cooker container. Add 3 cups of water, chopped tomatoes, crushed ginger, turmeric powder, slit green chilies, and jaggery.
- Cook the mixture in the pressure cooker up to 4 whistles and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Open the cooker lid when the steam escapes completely. Take the container out. Pour the moong dal mixture to a deep bottomed pan or vessel.
- Heat it. Add 4 cups of water, lemon juice, and salt. Let the mixture boil for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- For the seasoning, heat ghee or coconut oil in a separate pan. Throw in the cumin seeds, curry leaves, garlic cloves, asafetida powder, and pepper powder. Saute the mixture until the garlic becomes brownish. Turn off the heat.
- Add the seasoning to the moong dal rasam. Mix well.
- Have this as a soothing appetizer or side dish with steamed rice. This dish helps to relieve some of the symptoms associated with cold and fever, such as losing the sense of taste, losing one's appetite, etc. It acts as an appetizer and a medicine.